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March 10, 2014

Thousands protest after Swedish activist stabbed

Victim of alleged neo-Nazi attack receives wave of support online and in the streets.

A large crowd gathered in Malmo, Sweden on Sunday, March 9, 2014 to protest far-right violence. Photo via Twitter user @SamiraAriadad.

Swedish neo-Nazis allegedly attacked several people in central Malmo on Saturday night. Six victims were reportedly taken to hospital; one of them remains in critical condition. Police have arrested three others on suspicion of attempted murder. Neo-Nazi group Svenskarnas Parti ("Party of the Swedes") acknowledged their members were involved in the incident, but claimed they were acting in self-defence.

The victim in critical condition, identified by his first name, Showan, is a prominent 25-year-old football fan and co-founder of the group "Football Fans Against Homophobia".  He has received a wave of support locally and internationally, after friends and fellow football fans launched a campaign in support of his recovery. 


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